Nilgala is a part of the Gal Oya National Park that situated in the Uva Avifaunal Zone. It is one of the best places to watch some bird species which are restricted to the Uva avifaunal zone. Therefore, annual field visit to Nilgala is always a high demand field trip. A team of 25 FOGSL members headed by Prof. Sarath Kotagama participated in the Field visit for 2009 from 3rd to 6th July.
FOGSL team camped at the Nilgala Beat office and had good opportunity to observe birds in several habitat types including dry pathana and riverine forest. Visiting the ‘Makara’, the famous place where Gal Oya River goes underground, was an unforgettable experience to members.
Area was in dry condition due to lack of rain in the recent past. Forest fires in the Pathana area in dry period was a frequent event. It is evident that, due to these forest fires, bird life of the area was affected. However, members were able to record a total of 94 species including five endemics during the four day period. Although some of the ‘most wanted’ species such as Painted Francolin, Yellow-footed Green Pigeon and Blue-eared Kingfisher were missed, members got the opportunity to fill the gap by observing many other wildlife including elephants. Participants: Prof. S.W. Kotagama, Mrs. Thena Perera, Mr. Chameera Seneviratne, Mrs. Nioli Weerasinha, Mr. Ravi Deraniyagala, Mr. Nanda Siriwardhane, Dr. Newton Jayawardhana, Miss. Madubashini Jayawardhana, Miss. Ayanthi Samarajeewa, Mr. Sanjeewa Ariyaratne, Mr. Mohamad Faris, Mr. Sudarshan Zoysa, Mrs. Cheryl Silva, Mr. Rohan Kaththiriarachchi, Mr. Mahitha Kaththiriarachchi, Mr. Ashoka Jayasekara, Mr. G. Herath, Miss. Yuraji Karunaratne, Mrs. Sujatha Mayadunnage, Ms. H.M.N.G.S.C. Bandara, Mr. Thilantha S. Abesinha, Mr. Sanjeewa Udawatta, Mr. Kusum Fernando, Mr. A. Nashath B. Hafi, Mr. Indrika Pradeepa
List of Birds recorded
Sri Lanka Spurfowl
Sri Lanka Hanging-parrot
Sri Lanka Emerald-collared Parakeet
Little Green Bee-eater
Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill
Malabar Pied Hornbill
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo
Asian Black Bulbul
Sri Lanka Brown-capped Babbler
Photos and Bird List: Indrika Pradeepa